Stakeholder Symposium on Mitigating Methane Emissions
Best practices to reduce methane emission, increase efficiency, & maximize profits
May 7-8, 2018
Sacramento, CA

 

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Overview

The natural gas industry is embracing new methodologies in managing methane emissions as more and more gas utilities are realizing dollar value in reducing their organization’s environmental footprint. However, there is still a need for further improvement in new climate change regulations to be put in place and preventive measures that the natural gas utilities can implement. Since timely leak detection is the most important factor in addressing methane emissions; the natural gas industry and its regulators are currently assessing the traditional leak detection and repair programs, that have historically been in place to address methane leakage.

EUCI’s Stakeholder Symposium on Mitigating Methane Emissions will bring together industry leaders to share latest regulatory and policy developments in reducing methane emissions and present delegates with an in-depth analysis on latest methodologies for leak quantification and best practices in leak detection and management.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review methane emissions regulation and policy updates, and its impact
  • Assess benefits of stakeholder collaboration in emissions management
  • Discover results achieved to date by leading natural gas utilities on their pilot technology implementation programs
  • Analyze cost-effective methods implemented to repair larger leaks that account for most of methane emissions
  • Evaluate potential risks when choosing leak detection methods and technologies
  • Benchmark your current methane leak prevention measures against the industry’s best-in-class practices

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Agenda

Monday, May 7, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Daniel Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute, Colorado State University


8:45 – 9:15 a.m. :: Keynote Address: California forges head to reduce methane emissions by focusing on utility infrastructure

California set a goal to reduce methane emissions by 40% by 2030. In support of this goal, In 2017 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a Natural Gas Leak Abatement Program that established best practices and reporting requirements. Utilities have submitted compliance plans, emission reports and developed proposals for additional research/pilot programs to meet the identified best practices. The presentation will summarize of what we have learned to date and where we are headed.

Elizaveta Malashenko, Director, Safety and Enforcement Division, California Public Utilities Commission


9:15 – 9:45 a.m. :: California Air Resources Board Methane Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities

In this presentation, the speaker will present the background leading to the development of CARB’s oil & gas methane regulation; summarize the requirements and impacts of the regulation; and briefly discuss the regulation’s implementation timeline, enforcement approach, and future plans.

Jim Nyarady, Manager, Oil and Gas and GHG Mitigation Branch, California Air Resources Board


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Collaborative Approach – EDF/Gas Utility & Google on Mapping Technology

Developing the Value Proposition for Advanced Leak Detection and Data Analytics – In 2013, EDF began working with Google and Colorado State University to better characterize and visualize methane leaks from gas utility underground infrastructure. Gas utilities and leak survey service companies have followed suit with several committing significant resources to data analytics that help utilities better use the survey data.  Emergent and rapidly improving data analytics are providing new pathways for utilities to improve their leak abatement programs and better manage ratepayer resources for abating leaks and replacing leak-prone infrastructure.     In addition to leak quantification, predictive analytics aggregate and process multiple data sets to identify areas most likely to leak and increasingly, the commercial and regulatory focus for longstanding utility safety programs is about how best to obtain and utilize new, more granular data sets. The discussion will review EDF’s and Colorado State’s past and ongoing work with utilities with a focus on the current and prospective capabilities of advanced leak detection and data analytics to create efficiencies benefitting utilities, utility customers, utility regulators and the environment.

Jonathan Peress, Senior Director, Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: ONE Future Framework – A Performance-Based Approach to Reducing Methane Emissions

ONE Future’s member companies are committed to continuously improving their emissions management to assure efficient energy production and delivery. One Future’s members include some of the largest natural gas production, processing, transmission and distribution companies in the United States – a unique coalition that represents virtually the entire natural gas value chain. ONE Future promotes a voluntary, performance-based approach to achieve reductions in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Stakeholder Panel: Current Industry Initiatives in Reducing Methane Emissions

  • 2 Years Post Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
  • Moving from measurements to mitigation
  • Reducing emissions from unregulated sources such as abandoned wells, storage infrastructure etc.
  • Next steps in the light of possible new climate change regulations

Moderator:

Daniel Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute, Colorado State University

Panelists:

Elizaveta Malashenko, Director, Safety and Enforcement Division, California Public Utilities Commission

Elizabeth Scheehle, Chief Oil & Gas and GHG Mitigation Branch, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Jonathan Peress, Senior Director, Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future

Francois Rongere, R&D and Innovation Manager – Gas Operations, PG&E

Thomas D. Hutchins, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety, Kinder Morgan

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Emerging And Available Technologies To Reduce Methane Emissions

In this session, presentations will showcase state-of-the-art leak detection technologies, that utilities companies have implemented. The case study presentations will highlight implementation process, cost-impact/effectiveness and early detection benefit that the utilities have realized.


1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Case Study – PG&E

Prioritization of Natural Gas Distribution System Leaks using Advanced Mobile Methane Sensing Technology

The presentation will describe the new method proposed by PG&E to prioritize the detection and repair of larger leaks using advance mobile methane sensing technology. It will show how substantial abatement can be realized rapidly and cost effectively by repairing the small number of larger leaks that account for most of methane emissions.  Calculation method and validation pilot will also be discussed.

Francois Rongere, R&D and Innovation Manager – Gas Operations, PG&E


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Case Study – Statoil & Quanta3 Collaboration

Implementation Results of Pilot Laser-Based Sensing System

Quanta3 has developed state-of-the-art laser-based methane sensing systems. The systems offer high precision continuous methane specific measurements to detect leaks, irregular emission events, and other abnormal emission signatures. Using an automated algorithm, the systems monitors well pads autonomously and is cloud connected for long term, maintenance free operation. Over 20 million data points have provided unique insights on well pad operations, emission signatures, and technology performance under extreme operating conditions from extreme cold and hot weather, to hurricane conditions. In this presentation we will review Quanta3’s solar powered methane sensing technology and share selected results from our industry pilot systems in collaboration with Statoil and Shell.

Andrea C. Machado M, Senior Researcher of Process Technology Upstream, Statoil

Dirk Richter, Founder/CEO, Quanta3

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Efficient Tools for Zero-Methane-Emission Work

As Natural Gas operators drive toward a zero-methane-emission future, we look ahead to the tools that this emission-less workforce will need to do their jobs. Many of these tools already exist, and we show examples of equipment such as small, gas compressors being put to use in order to eliminate methane emissions during routine maintenance tasks. Eliminating blowdowns and small everyday emissions will require an equipped workforce.

Doug Sahm, President, TPE Midstream


4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Geothermal Resource Developments in Former Coal or Industrial Facilities Eliminate Air Emissions while Adding Needed Baseload Power

Geothermal power generation provides continuous baseload electricity to consumers.  Coal plants and many industrial facilities generally burn fossil fuels to generate electricity delivered to consumer users on a local, regional or grid scale, yet emit into the atmosphere CO2 and other substances. Closed coal plants and idled facilities sited above significant geothermal resources may be converted into geothermal power plants that benefit the environment, consumers, and local communities – as this private investment study presents. This geothermal investment study will show the economic comparison between other baseload electrical generation options – compared by the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) delivered into the grid.

Bob Pilko, Strategic Relations Director, Blade Energy Partners

5:00 p.m. :: End of Day 1


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Daniel Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute, Colorado State University

Towards Zero Methane Emissions – Current Best Practices


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Best Practice – Kinder Morgan

Reducing Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines and Compressor Stations

The presentation will provide two processes Kinder Morgan is using to reduce methane emissions. Natural gas transmission pipelines hold the methane molecule longer than any other sector.  Reducing methane emissions is good business but takes a disciplined approach to be done efficiently and effectively. Efficient and effective methane emissions reductions can be challenging, and regulatory regimes do NOT present the best options. 

Thomas D. Hutchins, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety, Kinder Morgan


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Best Practice – Statoil

Managing and Reducing Methane Emissions: Statoil’s Approach

Statoil aims to become the most carbon-efficient oil and gas producer in the US. This presentation will focus on Statoil’s approach to methane emissions by taking a deeper dive on the science and operational practices adopted to achieve this ambition.

Andrea C. Machado M, Senior Researcher of Process Technology Upstream, Statoil

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Best Practice – Anadarko Petroleum

Evolution of Oil and Gas Production Facility Designs

Anadarko has continuously improved our design and operation of our production facilities. We will review the different generation of facilities that continued to decrease emissions and our improved operational practices.  

Angela Zivkovich, Senior HSE Representative, Anadarko Petroleum


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Best Practice – Con Edison of New York

Best Practices for an Urban Environment

Con Edison operates and maintains a complex natural gas delivery system in a dense urban environment that presents a series of complex challenges as it relates to minimizing methane emissions.  This presentation will highlight some of the management approaches adopted by Con Edison to respond to those challenges and detail the outcomes achieved to date.

William Slade, Project Specialist – Emerging Issues, Con Edison

12:00 – 12:10 p.m. :: Closing Remarks and End of Conference

Speakers

Thomas D. Hutchins, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety, Kinder Morgan

Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future

Andrea C. Machado M, Senior Researcher of Process Technology Upstream, Statoil

Elizaveta Malashenko, Director, Safety and Enforcement Division, California Public Utilities Commission

Jim Nyarady, Manager, Oil and Gas and GHG Mitigation Branch, California Air Resources Board

Jonathan Peress, Senior Director, Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Bob Pilko, Strategic Relations Director, Blade Energy Partners Doug Sahm, President, TPE Midstream

Dirk Richter, Founder/CEO, Quanta3

Francois Rongere, R&D and Innovation Manager – Gas Operations, PG&E

Elizabeth Scheehle, Chief Oil & Gas and GHG Mitigation Branch, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

William Slade, Project Specialist – Emerging Issues, Con Edison

Daniel Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute, Colorado State University

Angela Zivkovich, Senior HSE Representative, Anadarko Petroleum

Location

The Citizen Hotel 
926 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $189.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of May 6-7, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to April 16, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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